I have been in active orthodontic practice for nearly 50 years. During this time, I have seen many different theories for “orthodontic gnathology” and TMD diagnosis and treatment, with each guru espousing his own ideas of how things should be and what our goals should be. I wonder, with all this confusion, how practicing orthodontists have managed to do a fairly decent job for all these years. We have obviously been doing something right.
Rinchuse and Kandasamy have condensed what I learned over a 50-year practice into a simple format with convincing evidence (Rinchuse DJ, Kandasamy S. Myths of orthodontic gnathology. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2009;136:322-9). I agree with their excellent article and wish to congratulate them on the organization of the material.